We all have talents. Every individual has a lot to bring into this beautiful world. Some people have a knack for art. I am, unfortunately, not one of those people. A good stick figure is about all I can come up with, along with a nice smiley face and cutesy flowers and panda bears. I wish I could draw my favorite dog breed, a Shih Tzu. I guess I will just have to be content to look at the photographs of my Shih Tzu, Daisy Mae.

As for photography, I take OK photos – some turn out better than others. But they all have meaning to me, even if they don’t capture that perfect angle.

A lady I know who taught me how to knit keeps many people warm during the winter with her generous gifts. Her knitted scarves are lovely and they truly show that the many years of practice on her part have paid off. I am lucky to own a scarf hand-knit by this woman, and extra lucky to have been instructed in this art by her. It has been a while since I picked up those knitting needles, but I know that I will remember her lessons when I get some free time and the yarn calls my name.

My cousin Mary Ellen makes lovely, handmade greeting cards. Each unique detail is done just so and many hours go into her sentiments. She takes time out of her schedule to go to nursing homes to work on card-making with the residents. Here she learns more patience and about others at this stage in their life.

I give of my time to help others in areas that I am passionate about. I am on the board of the Western New York Performance Center, the local theater organization in Warsaw, where I reside. In conjunction with this I attend events and write about them for the local newspapers – Warsaw’s Country Courier and the Perry Herald. It makes me feel good to help promote community arts and entertainment. Many volunteers assist this group.

I also run a creative writing club, Warsaw’s Write Connection, once a month from September through May at the local library. Here I create assignments and encourage local writers with new thoughts and inspirations. We all can learn from one another in this positive environment.

Everyone has unique talents to offer to others. Maybe you are good at swimming and can teach youngsters the basic strokes. My brother is a teacher and a tutor on the side. He gives of his time and talents to help others excel in areas they may be struggling with.

A while back, I attended a youth talent show in Perry, where students ages 5 to 18 showed off their special skills. Some played piano, one brought out his violin, many girls danced and others sang and played guitar. A couple did hula hoop routines. Unique to the event were two girls who did American Sign Language to a song, a boy who made a dog out of a balloon and an 8-year-old boy who told hilarious jokes. Perhaps they were a little corny, but they got people to laugh. And after all, isn’t laughter the best medicine?

Many of us have talents that are hidden from the world. Maybe we are just too busy. Family, friends and life sometimes get in the way. Hopefully, we can all find time to spread some joy by sharing our talents with others along life’s path. I believe we all can learn and benefit from each other if we just believe in our special gifts and share them with those around us.